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Enjoying the water

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Enjoying the beach with the children's beach access wheelchair

Enjoying the beach with the children's beach access wheelchair

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Accessing tracks in the Grampians

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Enjoying the beach at Cape Conran

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Accommodation

Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park are now equipped with modified cabins and all-terrain wheelchairs to make it easier for people with a disability to stay and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty.

Specially modified cabins have entrance ramps, accessible bathrooms and parking close by to make it much easier for people with a disability, families and carers to enjoy their park stay.

A personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment, such as a shower commode chair, are also available to visitors free of charge.

For photos and further information about the equipment available go to:

Wilsons Promontory National Park
Cape Conran Coastal Park

Accessibility and inclusion accommodation 

All-terrain wheelchairs

All-terrain wheelchairs are now available in a number of Victoria's parks for visitors with significant physical disabilities to explore the great outdoors.

The chairs are suited for sandy and semi rough tracks, making it easier to access the many stunning trails in the Grampians and Lysterfield Park and beaches at Cape Conran, Wilsons Promontory and Point Nepean. Beach access wheelchairs especially for children are also available at Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park. An all-terrain wheelchair called a Hippocampe is available at Brimbank Park (Maribyrnong Valley Parklands), Coolart Historic Area and for the Mornington Peninsula region.

All-terrain wheelchairs easily disassemble and fit in the back of a station wagon and with the help of operators, you can experience Victoria's parks like never before. Please supply your own bike helmet at the Grampians and Wilsons Promontory.

Chairs can be booked free of charge.

To book or for more information contact:

  • Brimbank Park Visitors Centre on 13 1963.
  • Cape Conran Coastal Park Cabins and Camping on (03) 5154 8438
  • Coolart Historic Area Park Office on (03) 5931 4000. 
  • Grampians National Park, Katherine Dyson on (03) 5361 4000
  • Lysterfield Park, Trailmix on (03) 8790 4402
  • Mornington Peninsula, OzChild Mornington office on (03) 5975 7644.
  • Point Nepean National Park Information Centre on (03) 5984 6014
  • Wilsons Promontory National Park Information Centre on (03) 5680 9555.

All-terrain chairs (TrailRiders) can also be booked and borrowed for free at selected local Shires and Visitor Information Centres. They are:

 

Colac Otway Shire
Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre 
100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233
Phone: 1300 689 297 
Email: gorvic@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Website: www.visitotways.com  

Hepburn Shire
Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre
98 Vincent St, Daylesford
Phone: (03) 5321 6100
Email: events@hepburn.vic.gov.au
Website: www.visitdaylesford.com.au 

Moorabool Shire
Lerderderg Library
Bacchus Marsh
215 Main St, Bacchus Marsh
Phone: (03) 5366 7100
Email: info@moorabool.vic.gov.au
Website: www.moorabool.vic.gov.au

Mt Beauty Visitor Information Centre
31 Bogong High Plains Road, Mt Beauty
Phone: 1800 111 885

Surf Coast Shire
Surf Coast Sport & Recreation Centre located on Beach Road, Torquay, next to the Visitor Information Centre and Surf World Museum.
Phone: (03) 5261 4606 Fax: (03) 5261 4756b
Email: surfcoastsrc@surfcoast.vic.gov.au
Website: www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au 

Visitors are required to bring their own bike helmet.

Great Ocean Walk all-terrain wheelchair 

 

Sherpa Volunteer Program Grampians National Park 

Visitors with mobility limitations wishing to use the Parks Victoria TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair can now book wheelchair operators, or volunteer Sherpas, to assist them. The Sherpa Volunteer Program provides trained chair operators to assist in pushing/pulling the visitor in the TrailRider chair on many of the Grampian’s spectacular park trails. The additional physical assistance provided by volunteers makes it possible for park visitors to access park trails that would not be possible without several chair operators.

The service is free for park visitors and a minimum of one week's notice is required for booking Sherpa volunteers.

For further information about the Sherpa Volunteer Program contact the Brambuk the National Park and Culture Centre at Grampians National Park on (03) 5361 4000. 

 Accessibility and Inclusion Grampians Sherpa Program 

Parks Victoria won the National Disability Award in 2011 under the Health and Wellbeing category and is implementing more access strategies for people with disabilities across the state. Parks Victoria is progressively updating accessibility information for visitors on this website. Keep in touch with us for updates. 

Access to Caves

Both Fairy Cave and Royal Cave have many steps, narrow passageways and uneven ground making general cave access for visitors with significant mobility limitations not possible. However, the end section of Fairy Cave can be accessed by children and light adults with mobility limitations using an electric Stairclimber. This equipment enables visitors to experience one of the most spectacular viewing areas of Fairy Cave. The Stairclimber is provided by the Buchan Caves Reserve and can take passengers up to 60kgs in weight. To use the Stairclimber, visitors who use wheelchairs are required to transfer from their personal wheelchair into the Stairclimber. The Stairclimber is operated by an experienced cave guide who will take the visitor down into Fairy Cave.

To get better understanding of how the Buchan Caves Stairclimber works, interested visitors may wish to view a short video of the PS Outdoor Stairclimber made by the manufacturer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qt7RedcyAA

Booking a tour of Fairy Cave using the Stairclimber is by appointment only and bookings are required in advance. Cave tours using the Stairclimber are not available at peak visitor periods such as Easter weekend. For further information and to make a Stairclimber booking contact the Buchan Caves Reserve on (03) 8627 4700. Use of the Stairclimber is free but a cave tour fee still applies. 

Stairclimber at Buchan Caves Reserve  

The Walk in the Park Program

A partnership program between Blind Sports Victoria and Parks Victoria

The Walk in the Park Program provides group walks in parks for visitors who are blind or vision impaired. This is made possible through the provision of volunteers trained as park companions to assist visitors with park orientation, sign reading and to provide verbal descriptions of the surrounding natural environment. The program operates in selected parks in Melbourne, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.  The program also provides organised group camps in some of Victoria’s iconic national parks.

The Walk in the Park program enables participants to experience the benefits associated with visiting parks such as:

  • Assisting individuals in maintaining a healthy level of fitness and general wellbeing.
  • Providing an opportunity for social interaction in a park setting through the provision of trained volunteer park companions and group park visits.
  • Building individual knowledge and understanding of the recreational opportunities that parks offer through participation in walks and camps in parks.

For further information about the Walk in the Park Program, contact Maurice Gleeson at Blind Sports Victoria on (03) 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au or visit www.blindsports.org.au.

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Parks Victoria won the National Disability Award in 2011 under the Health and Wellbeing category and is implementing more access strategies for people with disabilities across the state. Parks Victoria is progressively updating accessibility information for visitors on this website. Keep in touch with us for updates.  

Further information

Accessible Gippsland 

Gippsland boasts a diverse range of accessible visitor experiences that are welcoming and inclusive of people of all ages and abilities, people with a disability, seniors and parents with young children. For more information about accessible tourism destinations in Gippsland download the brochure Accessible Gippsland

Independence Australia – Travel Information

www.independenceaustralia.com/information/resources/travel-accom 

NICAN-Inclusive Recreation for Australians of all Abilities

nican.com.au

Disability Sport and Recreation

www.dsr.org.au

Sailability Victoria

www.s4e.org/au/vic

Riding for the Disabled

www.rda.org.au/rdavic.aspx

The National Public Toilet Map

www.travellersaid.org.au

Divine –A community for and by people with a disability

www.divine.vic.gov.au/main-site/lifestyle 

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